Under the Oak Tree
The Church as Community of Conversation in a Conflicted and Pluralistic World
Imprint: Cascade Books
"Far from being an abstract treatise, this book provides a frame for thinking anew about preaching, worship, evangelism, and almost every aspect of congregational life, including the role of the minister. Every chapter includes practical implications that flesh out ways conversation shapes ministry on the ground. This book will give new energy to congregations and ministers alike, even when it sounds scary."
--Barbara K. Lundblad, Professor of Preaching, Union Theological Seminary
"These authors envision the quality of conversation that happens when Christians' radical openness to otherness is predicated on our willingness to be changed, even radically, by the encounter. The book's classroom value will be highest for students unfamiliar with practical theology. Similarly structured, the chapters analytically and persuasively develop conversation as a crucial metaphor for practical theology and its subdisciplines."
--Kathleen J. Greider, Professor of Practical Theology, Spiritual Care, and Counseling, Claremont School of Theology